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Section 1. Apprentices may be indentured by mutual consent under the following procedures:
Section 2. Ratio: The ratio of apprentices in the Press Department shall not exceed one (l) to three (3) journeypersons, with one (l) additional apprentice for each additional three (3) journeypersons; in all other departments the ratio shall not exceed one (l) apprentice to four (4) journeypersons with one (1) additional apprentice for each four (4) additional journeypersons in the department. It is further agreed that if a greater number of apprentices are presently employed such apprentices shall not be discharged prior to the completion of their apprenticeship solely for the purpose of complying with this section. In cases where the Employer may so desire, the apprentice ratio may be determined by combining the number of journeypersons in the Employer’s several Lithographic departments, in which case the ratio of apprentices shall not exceed one (l) apprentice to four (4) journeypersons The term of apprenticeships shall be four (4) years.
Section 3. Advancement to Apprenticeship: It is further agreed that ability being equal seniority will be observed in each department in connection with placement of new apprentices on any operations, within the rules of Section 2 of this Article. An employee shall have the right to refuse the advancement. However, their refusal shall not prohibit them from further opportunities for advancement as they become available. Neither the Employer nor the Union shall make it mandatory for an employee to accept any advancement into apprenticeship.
General workers and helpers will receive one year credit toward an apprenticeship as a feeder or perfecting operator, if the employee has one year experience as a general worker or helper.
Press Operator: Only journeyperson feeder-operators shall become apprentice press operators on 14” x 20” presses and larger. Should the feeder operators in the department refuse advancement or there are no feeder operators to move up, journeyperson multilith operators (duplicator) would be given the opportunity to advance.
Feeder Operator: Feeder-operator apprentices must be chosen from the helper classification unless by mutual consent.
Section 4. Probationary Period: There shall be a probationary period of nine (9) months for Apprentices during which probationary period the employee may be discharged by the Employer without any right to the grievance or arbitration provisions set forth in Article 31 of this contract. After the probationary period in the classification, apprentice press operator, apprentice feeder-operators and imprint preparers shall serve three years and three months and all other apprentices shall serve four (4) years and three months before qualifying as journeypersons.
Section 5. Indenture: If during the probationary period the apprentice shows aptitude indicating qualifications which will enable said apprentice to become a competent journeyperson, then said apprentice shall be indentured under the Standards of the State of Minnesota and the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
Section 6. Schooling: Apprentices shall be required to attend such classes or take such related training as directed by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Section 7. Committee:
(a) There shall be a Joint Apprenticeship Committee consisting of four members, two shall be designated by the Union and two designated by Printing Services.
(b) This committee shall have full power to supervise a complete apprenticeship program and retraining programs. It shall have the duty of making reports of its progress and problems from time to time. If, at any meeting, four designated representatives of either party are not present, then the alternates, in order, shall be entitled to vote in their stead. If, at any meeting, either side does not have four members present, or alternate members, then those in attendance representing the Union or the Employers shall have the right to vote the four votes for that participating party by a pro rata increase to the vote cast by those present.
Section 8. Work: The Employer agrees that any apprentice designated by the committee to attend such school shall not be required to work overtime on the evenings that they are required to attend school, and that in the event any apprentice designated by the committee to attend school refuses to attend regularly, except for good cause, their case shall be referred to the Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
Apprentices regularly scheduled to work night shifts shall not be required to attend school until such time as provision can be made for day classes.
Section 9. Training: The apprentice shall not be required to do chores and miscellaneous work which is not related to their brand of trade and which interferes with their apprenticeship training except by mutual consent of both parties.
Section 10. Wages: In instances where an apprentice has served part of their time, then the difference between the wage which the apprentice is receiving and the minimum wage scale paid to journeypersons in the branch they are apprenticed to, be equally divided so that the rate of wage increases which they shall receive every six months will bring their wage rate up to the journeyperson’s minimum wage scale existing in their branch of the trade. Whenever an Offset Feeder-Operator is promoted to the position of operating an offset press, except on presses 17” x 22” and smaller either as an apprentice or temporarily in an emergency, then they shall immediately receive $5.00 per week wage increase.
Section 11. Temporary Relief: Should it be necessary to place non-journeypersons or non-apprentice employees temporarily on any operation such placement shall be made by the agreement of the Union. The starting rate for permit personnel shall be at least 20% of the difference of the employee’s present wage rate for their regular classification and the journeypersons wage rate in the new classification. In instances where the employee has not been previously employed by the Employer, the permit rate shall be at least 40% of the difference between the apprentice starting rate and the journeypersons rate in the classification. The time to reach top pay will be equal to the regular apprenticeship term for the classification worked in.
(Such agreement to place personnel will be terminated by written notification from the Union which shall be served upon the availability of journeypersons and/or apprentice personnel).